Farm News and Blog

The latest news about the farm and our markets, as well as snippets of day to day life on the farm and thoughts about why and how we grow the way we do.
Posted 11/29/2018 11:15am by Jesse Fleisher.

Treat yourself, your family, or a friend, to the gift of real, healthy, local food in 2019. Everything in our boxes is 100% local, sustainably grown on our farm, or picked by us on neighboring organic farms.

Don't miss out on our $30 earlybird 2019 CSA discount, available now via this link: 2019 CSA Details . Returning members are eligible for an even larger discount.

Our 2019 CSA boxes will be available for pickup at the 12 South (Tues.) and Richland Park (Sat.) Farmers Markets in Nashville, at Leiper's Fork Market in Williamson County, at the Columbia Arts Building in Columbia, TN, and at our farm here in Fly/Santa-Fe, TN. Both weekly and bi-weekly pick-up options are available, and payment may be made in monthly installments if desired. 

Get more info: 2019 CSA Details or Sign up now at: CSA Sign-Up

The ABC's of What To Expect in Your CSA box:

Arugula, Asian Greens, Beans, Beets, Blueberries, Carrots, Chard, Cilantro, Cucumbers, Dill, Eggplant, Endive, Fennel, Garlic, Hot Peppers, In-Season Local Fruits, Jesse's Farm Recipes, Kale, Kohlrabi, Lettuce, Muscadine Grapes, Mustard Greens, Napa Cabbage, No Nasty Chemicals, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Peppers, Potatoes, Pumpkins, Quality Produce, Radishes, Roselle, Scapes, Snow Peas, Spinach, Squash, Strawberries, Sweet Potato, Tomatoes, Turnips, Useful Information, Vivacious Vegetables, Watermelons, X-actly nothing that begins with X, Youthful Energy, Zucchini...  and so much more

 

Tags: 2019, CSA
Posted 11/20/2018 12:51pm by Jesse Fleisher.

We are looking for 2 or 3 great interns to join us for the 2019 season (March-November.) Check out details here! Please spread the word and send any good candidates our way. Thanks! - Jesse & Athena & River

Posted 10/23/2018 1:54pm by Jesse Fleisher.

Athena's Harvest Farm Veggies

We will open discounted Early Bird sign up for our 2019 Full-Season (25 Week) CSA next week. Watch this space for more information and sign up for our newsletter at right---> to get the information as soon as we post it.

Our 2019 CSA will bring you a cornucopia of naturally grown produce and fruit from our farm and our neighbors right here in Middle Tennessee.

Lettuce, Arugula, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Fennel, Summer Squash, Snap Beans, Butternut Squash, Okra, Cilantro, Fresh Herbs, Edible Flowers, Microgreens, Eggplant, Kale, Chard, Potatoes, Bell Peppers, Chilies... The list goes on and on.

Eating local supports farmers in your own community, maintains open green space, provides your family with the freshest and most nutritious food available, and brings joy to everyone involved.

Please consider joining us in 2019. 

Click Here to get on our email list for more details!

Thanks.

Jesse, Athena (and baby River) Fleisher

Tags: 2019, CSA
Posted 4/17/2018 11:24am by Jesse Fleisher.

Welcome to Spring! (Finally)

We have perhaps survived the last frosty night of the year, and though rain and cold have delayed farm plantings a bit, we should still be ready to begin our CSA on time in May. Our primary deadline for CSA sign-ups is May 1, so now is the time to sign up if you have been procrastinating or sitting on the fence.

Here's a bit of what's going on at the farm...

We've expanded our gardens again to be able to have a larger, more consistent amount of our most popular items this year. In addition to fruits and vegetables, we also plan to add more fresh herbs and flowers to the mix this year, and may occasionally have oyster mushrooms available.CSA basket

As we did last year, we have 2 interns working with us for a good portion of the season, and that extra help is great in terms of our production capacity, garden management, and in freeing us to be better communicators on social media, on our website, and in our notes/recipes to CSA members.

We have also begun construction on our first larger greenhouse which will allow us to produce more high quality plant starts and generally be more efficient in our production.

We also hope to have more of you come out to the farm this year, whether it be for a "formal" event like a farm potluck or music night, or an informal visit with your family or kids. We'll be providing more opportunities for CSA members to come out and volunteer at least a few hours during the season (still totally optional of course), which we find is a good way for us to get to know you a bit better and vice versa. Plus, it's a lot of fun to see where your food comes from. Our CSA farm day events and music nights were lots of fun last year, and we'd really like to get more of our Nashville friends to come share those experiences with us in 2018.

Our CSA pick-up locations will be similar this year, but with some minor changes:

  • We'll have a brand new CSA pick-up location at the 12 South Farmer's Market in Nashville on Tuesday afternoons!

 

  • Our Bellevue Christian Church pickup will still be on Wednesday afternoons.

 

  • We have added a pickup at the Leiper's Fork Market in Leiper's Fork (Williamson County). It will be on Wednesday afternoons.

 

  • Our Saturday morning pickup will continue to be at the Richland Park Farmers Market (on Charlotte Avenue).

 

  • Our on-farm CSA pickup time will continue to be on Wednesday afternoons as well.

 

  • We have dropped our East Nashville delivery for this year. If that decision changes, we will certainly let everyone know.

More good news: If you are a returning CSA member, you will receive a $35 discount on your 2018 share (if you join), and new members who sign up before March 31 will get a $30 "Early Bird" discount.

Finally, there's what hasn't changed - our commitment to growing fresh, healthy, nutritious vegetables without synthetic pesticides and other nasty chemicals. We love what we do, and we love having you as our supporters. We hope you will consider joining us, or at the very least recommend us to a friend or family member. (This year we'll be offering a referral rebate).

Please click HERE to see full CSA details, or skip straight to the 2018 CSA sign-up page.

Thanks again for your interest and support. We hope you'll keep growing with us.

Sincerely,

Your Farmers - Jesse & Athena

Posted 2/23/2018 9:55am by Jesse Fleisher.

Greetings fruit and vegetable lovers,

It's another weirdly warm winter day here in Fly, TN, but it's that time again. Time to sign up for the 2018 CSA season from Athena's Harvest Farm!

Greetings to those of you we haven't spoken to since last year. We've been busy getting ready to be be better farmers and and CSA providers in 2018.

We've expanded our gardens again to be able to have a larger, more consistent amount of our most popular items this year. In addition to fruits and vegetables, we also plan to add more fresh herbs and flowers to the mix this year, and will occasionally have oyster mushrooms available.CSA basket

As we did last year, we will have 2 interns working with us for a good portion of the season, and that extra help will be great in terms of our production capacity, garden management, and in freeing us to be better communicators on social media, on our website, and in our notes/recipes to CSA members.

Over the course of this year, we'll also be building our first larger greenhouse which will allow us to produce more high quality plant starts and generally be more efficient in our production.

We also hope to have more of you come out to the farm this year, whether it be for a "formal" event like a farm potluck or music night, or an informal visit with your family or kids. We'll be providing more opportunities for CSA members to come out and volunteer at least a few hours during the season (still totally optional of course), which we find is a good way for us to get to know you a bit better and vice versa. Plus, it's a lot of fun to see where your food comes from. Our CSA farm day events and music nights were lots of fun last year, and we'd really like to get more of our Nashville friends to come share those experiences with us in 2018.

Our CSA pick-up locations will be similar this year, but with some minor changes:

  • Our Bellevue Christian Church pickup will still be on Wednesday afternoons.
  • We have added a pickup at the Leiper's Fork Market in Leiper's Fork (Williamson County). It will be on Wednesday afternoons.
  • Our Saturday morning pickup will continue to be at the Richland Park Farmers Market (on Charlotte Avenue).
  • Our on-farm CSA pickup time will continue to be on Wednesday afternoons as well.
  • We have dropped our East Nashville delivery for this year. If that decision changes, we will certainly let everyone know.

More good news: If you are a returning CSA member, you will receive a $35 discount on your 2018 share (if you join), and new members who sign up before March 31 will get a $30 "Early Bird" discount.

Finally, there's what hasn't changed - our commitment to growing fresh, healthy, nutritious vegetables without synthetic pesticides and other nasty chemicals. We love what we do, and we love having you as our supporters. We hope you will consider joining us, or at the very least recommend us to a friend or family member. (This year we'll be offering a referral rebate).

Please click HERE to see full CSA details, or skip straight to the 2018 CSA sign-up page.

Thanks again for your interest and support. We hope you'll keep growing with us.

Sincerely,

Your Farmers - Jesse & Athena

Tags: 2018, CSA
Posted 2/20/2018 10:30pm by Jesse Fleisher.

This introduction to our little corner of rural Tennessee begins with one of Fly's oldest residents at the Fly General Store (pictured below), and then checks in some of Fly's newer residents (us) at Athena's Harvest Farm, before finishing up with our even newer neighbors at The Farm & Fiddle. 

Our property has been farmed since the late 1800's, and was a Native American hunting and gathering ground before that. One of our fun side projects over the next couple of years will be to more thoroughly trace the past history of our place, and think about the changing groups of people that have all held this land dear and been supported by it.

Our gratitude goes out to reporter Jessica Bliss and Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist Lacy Atkins for coming to spend some time with us on the farm last year.

Here's a link to the full story in The Tennessean...

https://www.tennessean.com/story/life/2017/06/23/santa-fe-tennessee-has-farms-filled-stories/409029001/

Posted 1/28/2018 11:28pm by Jesse Fleisher.

Every year, we take on two full-season interns who are passionate about experiencing life on a small farm and learning why and how we get it all done. We take the time to teach as we work, and every intern leaves with real skills and great life experience. We work hard, have a lot of fun, and produce a lot of food for our community. January and February are when we collect applications and make our selections. It's a good life here on the farm. Interns receive modest stipend, room, and board. Perhaps you'd like to join us for the year?

For more information, and to apply, please click HERE.

Posted 6/23/2017 3:45pm by Jesse Fleisher.

Summer on the farm means we are harvesting squash, cucumbers, zucchini, basil, cabbage, and other summer goodies. Spring varieties like peas and spinach are out of the mix until fall, and more summer favorites like peppers and eggplant are just around the corner. Melons are just going in the ground, and we've seeded a bit of popcorn for the first time this year as an experiment.

Worker Naomi Sudo holds one of giant Napa cabbages

We've been keeping busy harvesting for our Saturday farmers market in Nashville (Richland Park Farmers Market), our CSA drop-offs in Bellevue, East Nashville, Richland Park, and here on the farm, and also providing quality produce to many of Nashville's finer restaurants through our local food hub, Nashville Grown. When we have a bit of surplus, we have gotten in the habit of donating vegetables to The Nashville Food Project, which helps turn our produce into healthy meals for those who have less access to good food.

We've also opened an informal farm stand here on the farmhouse porch on Saturday afternoons (2:30-5:30pm), and begun hosting a weekly neighbor/community potluck dinner every Thursday evening.

With summer temperatures creeping ever higher, we've been making good use of our swimming hole in the creek, and have adjusted our hours to avoid working through the hottest part of the afternoon. We couldn't do what we are doing this season without the help of our interns and WWOOFers, who have been an excellent addition to our growing farmily and wider community.

We hope you'll come find us at market on Saturday mornings, on the farm on Saturday afternoons, or consider becoming a CSA member when we next offer shares.

Posted 4/16/2017 9:34pm by Jesse Fleisher.

Transplanting cukes. 2017.

Hello friends and family of Athena's Harvest Farm. We hope everyone has been enjoying our fabulous spring weather over the last couple of weeks. We've been busy planting and weeding and prepping new beds here on the farm. The plants are all enjoying the happy moments before summer heat and insects arrive, and we are all barreling along towards the beginning of the market and CSA season. We've got two fabulous interns this year, and look forward to having you meet them as the year progresses.

We wanted to let you know know about the start dates for CSA deliveries, and also the location of the East Nashville pickup.

CSA Start Dates

For Full Shares Members, CSA pickups will begin during the week of May 15, and run 25 weeks/boxes though the first week of November.

Half Shares will follow roughly the same schedule, but will be delivered every other week (13 weeks/boxes in total). We have a lot of half share members, so we are randomly assigning them to a Group A and Group B, which will get their boxes on alternating weeks. We'll let all of our members know via email and phone which group they are in, and give everyone a schedule of all their pickup dates. Group B members will receive their first box and last box a week later than Group A members, so their dates will begin the week of May 22, and run through the week of November 6. Hopefully the email and schedules we send out will make all of this more clear.

East Nashville Pickup Location

Our pickup location in East Nashville will be in the parking lot at East Park (700 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206) from ~4-6pm on Wednesdays during the CSA season. We'll send out more specifics to members who have signed up for East Nashville pickup.

We would love to get a few more sign-ups from the East Nashville area, so please tell you friends about us and encourage them to sign up in the next two weeks before our sign up period ends.

Tags: 2017 CSA, CSA
Posted 2/23/2017 3:35pm by Jesse Fleisher.

Greetings fruit and vegetable lovers,

It's a weirdly warm winter day here in Fly, TN, but it's that time again. Time to sign up for the 2017 CSA season from Athena's Harvest Farm!

Greetings to those of you we haven't spoken to since last year. We've been busy getting ready to be be better farmers and and CSA providers in 2017.

We've expanded our gardens to be able to have both a greater amount and diversity of fruits and vegetables this year. This will allow us to provide more of certain popular items, and also avoid having too much of the same thing over a period of many weeks. In addition to fruits and vegetables, we also plan to add small amounts of fresh herbs and flowers to the mix this year, and we may experiment with oyster mushrooms (but no promises on that one).CSA basket

A big change for us is that for the first time we will have 2 interns working with us for a good portion of the season, and that extra help will be revolutionary in terms of our production capacity, garden management, and in freeing us to be better communicators on social media, on our website, and in our notes/recipes to CSA members.

Over the course of this year, we'll also be building an improved washing station which won't make our vegetables any cleaner than they are now, but will make our current processes more efficient, and allow us to present a more professional appearance to our farm visitors...

Speaking of which, we hope to have more of you come out to the farm this year, whether it be for a "formal" event like a farm potluck or music night, or an informal visit with your family or kids. We'll also be providing more opportunities for CSA members to come out and volunteer at least a few hours during the season (still totally optional of course), which we find is a good way for us to get to know you a bit better and vice versa. Plus, it's a lot of fun to see where your food comes from.

Our CSA pick-up locations will be similar this year, but with some minor changes:

  • Our Bellevue Christian Church pickup will now be on Wednesday afternoons instead of Monday afternoons.
  • Our East Nashville pickup will still be on Wednesday afternoons, but it will not be at the farmers market. We are looking for a more centrally located church or park in East Nashville where we can park our vehicle for a couple of hours on those afternoons while people are picking up their shares. Let us know if you have ideas (and we'll let you know when the spot is decided).
  • Our Saturday morning pickup will no longer be at the Downtown Nashville Farmers Market. Instead we will offer a Saturday morning pickup at the Richland Park Farmers Market (on Charlotte Avenue).
  • Our on-farm CSA pickup time will now be on Wednesdays, from 2pm to 7 pm.

More good news: If you are a returning CSA member, you will receive a $35 discount on your 2017 share (if you join), and new members who sign up before March 31 will get a $30 "Early Bird" discount.

Finally, there's what hasn't changed - our commitment to growing fresh, healthy, nutritious vegetables without synthetic pesticides and other nasty chemicals. We love what we do, and we love having you as our supporters. We hope you will consider joining us, or at the very least recommend us to a friend or family member. (This year we'll be offering a referral rebate).

Please click HERE to see full CSA details, or skip straight to the 2017 CSA sign-up page.

Thanks again for your interest and support. We hope you'll keep growing with us.

Sincerely,

Your Farmers - Jesse & Athena

Tags: 2017, CSA, News
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